Shiny happy people holding 3D TVs

A visit to BETT during the week for the first time in several years. Even bigger than it was last time, and strange to remember it as it was some 20 years ago – a crowd of enthusiasts and small start-up software developers showing their latest products on green baize-topped tables at the Barbican Exhibition Centre. Sadly though, bigger does not equal BETTer, and now it seems more and more that it’s the same old mega-companies selling the same old stuff that no-one really needs. This year’s big push, must-have, waste of money educational technology seems to be 3DTVs. Conspicuous by their absence though were hand-held mobile devices, which are surely the key technology of the future that might just attract and engage switched on, turned off learners.

Meanwhile the press reported the keynote opening speeches:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8457679.stm

It’s good to see that Stephen Heppell is still making all the right noises, and promoting mobile devices. I particularly liked his reference to many schools still ‘doing a shiny version of 19th century teaching’, and the need for them to move away from what he calls ‘cells and bells’.

And finally…

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8458880.stm

While I don’t think it matters too much if the average person in the street has not heard of Steve Jobs, it’s good to know they can still come up with some amusing alternative answers to some ‘don’t really need-to-know’ questions!

5 comments on “Shiny happy people holding 3D TVs

  1. The last link points to a survey of 1,000 people. It says “Steve Jobs and Sir Tim Berners-Lee baffle the Brits” but then it says that 20 percent had never heard of Steve Jobs and 15 percent got Sir TBL’s occupation wrong!

    Surely that means 80 percent had heard of SJ and 85 percent got Sir TBL’s occupation right?

    The survey article is very misleading along with poorly extrapolated findings. It leads me to thinking that 95 percent of surveys can’t be trusted depending on how they are either constructed in the first place and then later, how the analysis of that survey data is portrayed.

    • I couldn’t agree more – it’s just misleading sensasationlist journalism. But when you say 95% of surveys can’t be trusted, I wonder how many surveys you included in your survey?

  2. In this case the sample group was “1”, and I mistrust 95% of it.

    When it comes to surveys, I find I’m wondering about how good the questions were to get those answers. If a survey contains a multiple choice answers where there are say five possible answers, then 20% of people are going to get it right by pure chance.

    Silly survey quotes:
    “Three out of every four people make up 75% of the population.”

    “Opinion polls measure the public’s satisfaction with its ignorance.”

    “A recent survey finds that 100% of people trust surveys.”

    • And my favourite…

      “Did you know that half the children in the UK are of below-average intelligence for the country?”

  3. Gosh, that’s shocking, 50% below average intelligence! We should alter the figures somehow to make these kids look more intelligent. We really ought to have at least 75% above average intelligence? Perhaps some sort of school league table that manages to gloss-over the facts might help?

    On average, is my glass 50% empty or 50% full?

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